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Permaculture Sydney North creates empowered, resilient and sustainable communities by teaching people skills in permaculture and self sufficiency.  We run a range of practical, hand-on workshops and courses, and we bring in guest speakers on a range of topics close to our hearts. Our education is fun and a great way to connect with a like-minded community.  Many events are free for members, and our paid courses are affordably priced. 

Upcoming events

    • 10 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 25 Sep 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Various local gardens
    • 1

    Learn to design your own food oasis through this 6-month program. Our PSN volunteers will open up their gardens and work closely with you to help you put together a design for your own suburban property – regardless how big or small.

    When

    Week 1: Saturday 10th April; 9am - 1pm

    Week 2: Saturday 17th April; 9am - 1pm

    Various elective workshops to be advertised separately

    Week 3: Saturday 18th September; 9am - 1pm

    Week 4: Saturday 25th September; 9am - 1pm



    Cost

    Members:         $110

    Non-members:  $130 (includes 1-year membership of PSN)

    Price includes a copy of our text book ‘An Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ by Rosemary Morrow




    Locations

    Each session will be held at a different permaculture garden and details will be forwarded after enrolment.


    What you will learn
    Week 1 & 2
    : During the first two weeks you’ll learn how to analyse a suburban property using a permaculture approach to identify and map not just the space but the various elements and influences that need to be considered. Each participant will finish these two workshops with a detailed map of your own property as a basis for your permaculture design.


    Between the first and final sessions, you'll have opportunities to attend a range of PSN workshops on topics such as plants, soil, water, animals & structures. These will provide you with some of the key knowledge when planning what goes into your own design.


    Week 3 & 4: In the final two weeks you’ll create permaculture design for your own suburban space and a plan for implementing the changes.


    Registration

    To register go to https://www.permaculturenorth.org.au/event-4216136


    Contact

    For enquiries, please contact Matthew or Katerina Elphick at education@permaculturenorth.org.au



    • 17 Jul 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 19 Feb 2022
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Various local gardens
    • 0
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    Learn to design your own food oasis through this 6-month program. Our PSN volunteers will open up their gardens and work closely with you to help you put together a design for your own suburban property – regardless how big or small.

    When

    Workshop 1: Saturday 17th July 2021; 9:30am - 3pm

    Workshop 2: Saturday 24th July 2021; 9:30am - 3pm

    Various elective workshops to be advertised separately

    Workshop 3: Saturday 12th February 2022; 9:30am - 3pm

    Workshop 4: Saturday 19th February 2022; 9:30am - 3pm



    Cost

    Members:         $110

    Non-members:  $130 (includes 1-year membership of PSN)

    Price includes a copy of our text book ‘An Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ by Rosemary Morrow




    Locations

    Each session will be held at a different permaculture garden and details will be forwarded after enrolment.


    What you will learn
    Week 1 & 2
    : During the first two weeks you’ll learn how to analyse a suburban property using a permaculture approach to identify and map not just the space but the various elements and influences that need to be considered. Each participant will finish these two workshops with a detailed map of your own property as a basis for your permaculture design.


    Between the first and final sessions, you'll have opportunities to attend a range of PSN workshops on topics such as plants, soil, water, animals & structures. These will provide you with some of the key knowledge when planning what goes into your own design.


    Week 3 & 4: In the final two weeks you’ll create permaculture design for your own suburban space and a plan for implementing the changes.


    Registration

    To register go to https://www.permaculturenorth.org.au/event-4240340


    Contact

    For enquiries, please contact Matthew or Katerina Elphick at education@permaculturenorth.org.au



    • 25 Jul 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Denistone
    Register


    DUE TO JULY LOCKDOWM THE EVENT IS POSTPONED

    As the garden ages, some things fall apart and need to be fixed or improved. One of wicking beds was taken over by eucalyptus roots and the bathtub worm farm has been used by rats to nest inside. A small chicken wire fence was trampled by my large hens and needs to be restrung and a second-hand black compost bin needs to be screwed together.

    So the jobs for the day will be:

    • Rebuilding a wicking bed using WaterUps cells - a great opportunity to see how to make a wicking bed! We will remove soil from the existing wicking bed, store pebbles from the water reservoir, remove the pond liner and ag fabric. Then Ian Collins from WaterUps will be there to show you how to build a wicking bed using the WaterUps cells and also to demonstrate the new Sub-Irrigation Channel!
    • Making a rat-proof hinged lid for a worm farm in a bathtub. If you are handy with tools, that a job for you! The lid will be in 2 pieces, made from aviary mesh on a wooden frame to stop rats from getting into the bathtub.
    • Stretching chicken wire between existing poles to create a chook-proof fence, so they don't eat all the comfrey!
    • Repairing old square black compost bin by screwing the parts together
    • Some weeding in preparation for Winter planting and pruning overgrown native climbers.
    There are jobs for all levels of ability & enthusiasm.

    Lunch will be at about 1pm (bring your own plate, mug and cutlery) and socialising will continue after 4.30pm. Come for an hour or come for the day!

    Margaret

    mmossakowska@yahoo.com.au

    • 31 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom
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    Are you interested in improving the way you share your permaculture knowledge and projects via video? If so, come along to this event and learn all about our Video Making Learning Groups program. We began our first program back in September 2020 and it was a great success (check out our latest PSN newsletter for more details). So, we plan to run another set of groups for anyone interested.

    In the groups you will be developing skills through doing and sharing with one another – no ‘expert’ or formal teacher. Instead, you’ll do some of your own research, practice putting together your own content and then share it with others in your group for feedback. During the info session we'll explain how this works in practice and hear from previous participants around how it helped them and some of the key lessons they learnt along the way.

    The groups will meet over zoom at regular intervals on an ongoing basis. Exact dates, regularity, and format of the meetings will be agreed as we set up the groups. Your preferences will be captured in an application form which you'll be asked to complete following the session.

    If you can’t make this info session but would still like to participate then please contact us at education@permaculturenorth.org.au to discuss further.

    This event will be held over Zoom - details will be sent following registration.

    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • East Lindfield
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    SOAPS, SHAMPOOS & WASHING GEL

    WORKSHOP with PAT COLLINS

    Saturday 21st August  10am - 4pm

    Pat Collins is running this workshop on soaps, shampoos and washing gell. Pat has been teaching for over 23 years and has more than 20 years of practice as a herbalist. She has written a number of books, including some on weeds and their uses.

    In this workshop you will learn how to make your own soaps from a basic recipe.  You will learn how to create a large variety of soaps using various herbs, clays, natural colours, base oils, honey, essential oils and milk.

    We will look at the ingredients in commercial bath products and learn how they affect our health.  We will create our own shampoo, hair conditioner and lots more.  You will make:

           *   Six soaps

           *   Nettle hair conditioner

           *   Shampoo

           *   Washing Gel

           *   Soap balls

           *   Liquid soap

           *  Castille soap

          

    The workshop is being held at a large hall and will easily accommodate the 20 members with the social distancing rules that apply. 

    This is an all day workshop running from 10am till 4pm. The cost is being subsidised by Permaculture Sydney North and is for members only. Only members who have registered and paid will be allowed in to attend the workshop as numbers are strictly limited to 20.

    • 28 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • A lower north shore reserve
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    Join us for a guided native plant walk in a local Lower North Shore reserve.

    • 19 Sep 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Longueville
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